“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” – Ephesians 6:18.
Prayer is you simply talking to God. No flair. No technicalities or qualifications. No special formulas. Sounds pretty simple. Yet, many people don’t find it simple at all. They want to pray, or they feel because they’re believers, they should pray, but they don’t know how to go about praying to the Creator of the universe. They ask things like, “How do I pray to God correctly?” Or, “What do I say when I pray?” We are making it more complicated than it needs to be. Prayer is actually simple. It’s just talking to God.
Just talk to God. We all know that our earthly friendships thrive with communication and conversation. God speaks to us through the Bible. We should think of Bible-reading and prayer not just as spiritual disciplines, but as the blueprint to relating to God as a friend. It shouldn’t just be a once-a-day kind of thing; we should talk to God on a regular basis.
We talk with God as we would talk to a very respected friend. Don’t worry about using heady words or spiritual phrases or even using the right inflection. Just talk openly, honestly, and sincerely from your heart with your heavenly Father. That would include just discussing things. Just visiting. Just “hanging out” together and having a conversation with God. Talk about your day. When something scary or exciting happens, tell God how it makes you feel. There is so much to talk to God about than “thanks for this” and “help me with that.” You don’t have to sit cross legged for 20 minutes and meditate. Just you and Jesus on the prayer line 24/7.
Nothing that concerns you is unimportant to God. God is not too busy to hear about every detail of your life. It doesn’t matter if you want to talk for hours, God will hear you. “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
Don’t be embarrassed to ask questions when you don’t understand something about the Christian life. After all, God wants you to come to know Him more and more each day. Jesus’ disciples repeatedly asked for His help, and so should we. On one occasion they said, “…“Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11:1).
God wants us to talk to Him. So, why wouldn’t we want to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity? Prayer should not be a spiritual exercise you have to get through. It’s a conversation with Someone who loves you, and wants a relationship with you.
- How often should you talk to God?
- Friends don’t talk the same way and same time every day. How will you refresh your prayer routine this week?